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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (July 13, 2014)
call for federal research support, health insurance site open, new MAG director, dental research honored, writing summer institute, PhD defenses, tech sale
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SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
News and Announcements

Rob Clark Stresses Need for Federal Research Support

Universities can help drive regional economic development and strengthen American competitiveness—but only if the federal government continues to partner with institutions and commits to provide the sustained research funding that is required to, first, discover a good idea, then “translate” it into products and services that benefit society. That was the consensus of Rob Clark, the University’s senior vice president for research, and nine other senior research officers from top U.S. universities at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Association of American Universities and the Science Coalition. Read more...

Health Insurance Selection Site Now Open

Every year, all full-time students must complete the online health insurance enrollment/waiver process during open enrollment (June 16 to Sept. 15). The University-sponsored plan runs from Aug. 1 through July 31. Enrolling or waiving health insurance promptly ensures continuing coverage and accurate billing. Waivers approved after any month’s billing date will be reflected on the next billing cycle statement, per University guidelines. Alternate insurance plans must meet all University criteria to be approved for a waiver, and may be audited. Students who do not enroll or waive online will be enrolled on the University-sponsored plan for the year. Read more...

Jonathan Binstock Named Memorial Art Gallery Director

Jonathan Binstock has been named the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery. Read more...

Marit Aure Shares First Place in Dental Research Contest

Postdoctoral associate Marit Aure of the Center for Oral Biology in the Eastman Institute for Oral Health tied for first place at the highly competitive International Association for Dental Research/Johnson & Johnson Hatton Awards Competition held recently in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more...

Teachers Connect in Summer Learning Opportunities

Nearly a dozen Rochester-area teachers are attending the Invitational Genesee Valley Writing Project Summer Institute, running July 7 to 25 in LeChase Hall. This year’s institute includes an in-depth focus on Common Core. Read more...

CareerCamp Webinars Offered

The Office of Alumni Relations offers a new series of webinars called CareerCamp that are aimed at upperclass undergraduates and graduate students. Webinars can be viewed live or after the live events using archived copies. The series starts Aug. 4 with "LinkedIn Tips, Strategies, and Best Practices." Registration and more information is available here.

Coming Soon: Fourth Annual Shred Fest

University Facilities and Services is holding its fourth annual Shred Fest on Friday, July 25, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Park Lot. All University staff, faculty, and students are welcome to drive over and drop off any unwanted personal documents from home to be recycled in a secure and confidential manner.

Upcoming PhD Defenses

The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled in the coming weeks:
Christopher Folts, biomedical genetics, "Redox/Fyn/c-Cbl–Dependent and –Independent Regulation of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cell Division," Monday, July 14, 1 p.m., Upper Auditorium (3-7619), Medical Center. Advisor: Mark Noble.
Robert Arons, economics, "Three Essays in Health, Education, and Retirement," Wednesday, July 16, 2:30 p.m. Dunkman Library, Harkness Hall. Advisors: Gregorio Caetano and Joshua Kinsler.
Michael Moses, pathology, "Epigallocatechin Gallate Elicits Stage-Specific Sensitivity and Affects Heat Shock Protein 90 in a Novel Human Prostate Cancer Progression Model," Tuesday, July 22, 11 a.m., Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), Medical Center. Advisor: Thomas Gasiewicz.
Ali Talib Miran Al Raisi, mathematics, "Equivariance, Module Structure, Branched Covers, Strickland Maps and Cohomology related to the Polyhedral Product Functor," Thursday, July 31, 10 a.m., Hylan 1106A. Advisor: Frederick Cohen.

UR Tech Store: New Name and Back-to-School Promotion

To better represent the breadth of products and services it offers, University IT Computer Sales has been renamed the UR Tech Store. The store will continue to provide faculty, staff, and students with educationally discounted technology and related services. The UR Tech Store also announces its back-to-school promotion for Apple products: Buy a qualifying Mac and receive a $100 App Store gift card, or buy a qualifying iPad and get a $50 App Store gift card. Promotion applies to personal purchases only through Sept. 9. For more details, visit the UR Tech Store website or one of their retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library.

E-ZPass Email Phishing Scam

The New York State Thruway Authority is cautioning customers that use their E-ZPass service to beware of a recent email phishing scam.  The scam involves fake email messages trying to collect unpaid tolls from E-ZPass customers. University IT offers tips for avoiding falling for the scam. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Rochester in the News

The Science Factory

Democrat and Chronicle (July 11)
The University's Lab for Laser Energetics is working to bring cheap, clean power from fusion. Funded mostly by the U.S. Department of Energy to the tune of $70 million a year, more than 300 scientists and engineers shoot the lab's two giant lasers dozens of times each week in various experiments they design, or for researchers who travel from around the country and even other countries.

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